About Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada Teacher Certification, University of Concordia, Wisconsin Masters of Education, SUNY Buffalo NY

Mr. Christopher Willis

Welcome to OVSS!  I moved to NC in August 2018 after teaching Social Studies and English in Colombia (hablo español).  Before I became a teacher, I worked for a land surveying company in Madison, WI and I am crazy about maps!  I enjoy traveling, camping, playing in the ocean, and being outdoors with my family whenever possible.

Essentially, my teaching style and philosophy is that we're all in this together- exploring, learning, growing and improving together as a class, and as a school.  Skills that are emphasized include peer collaboration, independent-thinking, and articulating clear & cohesive ideas (through speaking and writing practice).

8th Grade Social Studies is focused on US History from pre-colonization to the 21st century.  The class also includes NC geography and financial literacy.  Our class explores the identity & role of the US, and how it has evolved throughout its history.  

All day to day information about the class can be found in our Teams.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So sail away from the safe harbor. Explore, Dream, Discover.

-Mark Twain